It's January 5th and I'm already back in the classroom, and I don't believe there is one thing I have been looking forward to more since I left school in December. All the students are still super sweet, hard working, and intelligent! I am so impressed by all the progress they have already made so far this year. It proves to me the true influence a teacher has is impeccable, and it is evident that Mrs. Sutliff has already deeply impacted all of her students! Today, the students were diligently working on math centers. The three included: working with Mrs. Sutliff, playing on ST Math, or working on multiplication tables with me. We used the building blocks to help them gather arrays of the blocks to discover the total amount of blocks they had through multiplying. The students really seemed to enjoy it! One student, Alaina, is severely struggling because of behavior issues. She lacks the ability to focus and the motivation to accomplish each necessary task. I worked with her a little today and kept her interested by talking about the toys she received for Christmas. Eventually she started to have fun, but she definitely poses as an obstacle for Mrs. Sutliff, especially because Alaina doesn't receive any additional behavior support. But, overall, I had a wonderful day working with my favorite students and I enjoyed every second of the quickly moving hour!
Today was rather similar to yesterday, as I helped with flash cards! I am so proud of all of my students who have significantly improved their multiplication tabs because they're all working so hard during class! One student, Alaina, who was having a great day, told me I would be a great teacher one day! And that made me so happy to hear from one of my students. When I left, I received lots of hugs goodbyes!
I finally found a home in Ridgewood Elementary in the Kindergarten classroom. I got to do an adorable letter activity on a magnet board, where I showed the students the word we were trying to spell, in this case, it was "she." Then I mixed up the board and asked the students to fix it! It was the teacher's idea and it was wonderful because then I could work on rhyming words with them too!
We did lots more multiplication flash cards today! And I helped some of my students with the rhyme that helped me remember some of my multiplication facts when I was learning them, but I don't remember them all because it's been awhile, so I would like to learn more! Some students have mastered all of their multiplication tables and I would like to use the tips that they have used to memorize them to help the other students who aren't necessarily getting it right away. I see the struggling students relying too much on their fingers, and they aren't able to memorize the facts.
Later, the students shared the speeches they had been working on for the secret organization. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see many of them, but I was extremely impressed on the students' passion and hard work. I wasn't so impressed by the grading system, as each child's paper was graded out of a total of 64 points, and the teachers shared that with them. I could tell it made the students nervous and I think we need a new grading system.